These days, rewiring your home for TV requires installing Cat 5 cable and coaxial cable in order to prepare your home for receiving an internet signal for your TV, your phone and other communication systems. Although this type of job can be daunting for the DIY enthusiast, you can do it yourself without too many issues.
It is important to make your home ready for digital communication. This is not going away anytime soon so it is important to be ready for when the whole world goes digital.
You will need some basic tools:
- 3/4-in. spade bit
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Drill/driver – cordless
- Drywall saw
- Electrical tape
- Fish tape
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Wrench set
You will also need some additional materials.
- Cable staples
- Low-voltage remodeling boxes
- PVC cement
- PVC conduit
- PVC conduit male adapters/ 1-1/2 and 2-in.
You will also need two types of cable:
- CAT-5e phone cable
- RG6 coaxial cable
All the materials you need can be obtained from a hardware store or electrical supply shop.
Your first step should be to plan where the distribution centre should be placed. This controls the whole system so should be in a good central location with easy access. This will depend on your home but the basement, the attic, the laundry room, garage or even a closet will be fine.
Then plan the route of the cables which will need to reach all areas in the home where you are likely to want TV access. The cables are low voltage and not hazardous, so this job is safe to carry out alone.
You will need to create chasing channels for the cables. Most people fit these into the walls or under the floorboards – anywhere where the cables can be fitted unobtrusively. You can use the same cables and add on later if you require more points but experts advise you keep it simple at first with the two necessary cables and jacks hooked up to the main distribution box. Don’t worry if you have old jacks and cables in place because your new system will not interfere with these.
All the new wires and jacks will need to feed back to the distribution centre but because these are inexpensive to buy, this is not a problem.
To follow a step by step process, the best way is to search online for a handy guide to talk you through the procedure. For this, Family Handyman is a great source of reference. This website is a great resource for DIY projects and will take you through the whole process of rewiring your home for TV in a few easy steps.
Rewiring your home for TV is not beyond the capabilities of a competent DIY enthusiast but it does take time and requires basic DIY skills and a good tool kit.